Artist info


Indie, Rock, Roots

Sounds like

Kurt Vile, James Bay, Hosier

band members

Max Buskohl Carl Tomich Mark Kowald


Jimmy Barnes, Tom Petty, Van Morrison, The Band


Max Buskohl is a singer and songwriter, who grew up on Lanzarote, Sydney, Berlin and Dublin. His music is a mix of rock, pop and country. Max lived in Sydney while his father was playing and producing the album Lover Lover for Jimmy Barnes and then moved to Spain and Dublin while his father toured the world. As he got older he settled in Berlin and started his own music career.

Max Buskohl burst onto the German music scene in 2007, as a contestant on season 4 of Germany’s Pop Idol TV show “Deutschland sucht den Superstar”. He caused a major uproar in the German media when he became one of three finalists and then quit the show unexpectedly, saying he did not feel like the show could properly represent him or his music.

In 2007 his band Empty Trash, for which he was the songwriter, lead singer and guitarist, signed a record deal with the major label EMI and released 3 singles as well as their album “Confession”. Following his band career, Max signed with Universal Music as a solo artist in 2010, and went on a journey through the United States to write and record his solo debut album “Sidewalk Conversation”. Max was the youngest artist to contribute to the Grammy-nominated album, “[Klaus] Voorman & Friends,” performing alongside none other than Paul McCartney, Dr. John, and Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens). Other famous acts he has performed with include Bono of the band U2, Bob Geldof, and Lupe Fiasco. After a troublesome period of battling inner demons, Max reconnected with his undying love for music, and began busking on the streets of Europe. He also founded his very own living room concert series, playing private, intimate sets at people’s houses all across Germany.

These shows really lifted his spirits, and encouraged him to finally go back into the studio and record again. His new record “Me and Maar Guitar” is his first DIY record. It features a small collection of intimate songs that have been accompanying him throughout the past years. Experiences he channeled in his mind and brought to paper, from wherever the winds would take him: in a barn in Woodstock, a bus station in Munich, or in a hostel in Budapest. Together with the producer Wolfgang Stach (Chilly Gonzales, Dominic Miller), “Me and Maar Guitar” was recorded at Maarwegstudios in Cologne.

In 2011 Max met Carl Tomich an Australian musician living in Berlin, they started to collaborate, tour, perform and write music together, now Carl has joined Max as one of the chosen few to join his band and they have chosen to come back to Australia to tour and write new music.